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of the approximated, mohammed morsi continued. overnight, he increased tough economic reforms as part of a proposed $4.8 billion imf loan agreement. eyeman is in eye row with the latest. >> reporter: good morning to you. it has added more to the political turmoil here today. today there are several messages being sent to morsi. the referendum is scheduled for saturday. it's a controversial constitution that secular liberal forces here have announced it doesn't protect human rights or the rights of minorities and women. there are supporters of the president and they are, too, organizing their rallies for today and friday. and against all of this, the president has given the egyptian military law enforcement powers. that means they are essentially now allowed to act as the country's police force in the run up to the referendum. they're allowed to arrest civilians and that has caused a great deal of alarm for human rights advocates and organization ones. so it's a great time of uncertainty here in egypt. right now, the opposition is calling for roadway injection of the referendum. they're not calling for
offered nothing concrete to diffuse the worst political crisis in nearly two years. >> mohamed morsi addressed the nation, trying to soften his position that has angered protesters over the last several days. in fact one of the sticking points that has been fueling these proce protests has been a decision that was issued by morsi. today he tried soften his position by saying that his decisions were in fact subject to judicial review, but he also wanted to try to solve then other positions that have been fueling some of the protests. he said the constitutional referendum scheduled for december 15th would go ahead as planned, but if it fails, there would be a new assembly. more importantly, he's now reaching across the political divide to meet with some of the country's political opposition figures. they say they will not necessarily meat with the president until that decision, at least that decree, is rescinded. they're still going ahead with calls for friday's million man march and outside the presidential palace, hundreds of protesters gathered for a third straight day following two
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